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Niskayuna Boy Scout collecting flags at drop boxes for proper disposal

Brandon Fine, a Niskayuna High-School senior, was inspired by his grandfather to collect American flags to be properly disposed for his Eagle Scout project.

Brandon Fine, a Niskayuna High-School senior, was inspired by his grandfather to collect American flags to be properly disposed for his Eagle Scout project. Photo by John Purcell.

— He’s made friends through scouts and what first kept him interested was the “sense of achievement” in acquiring the next rank. As he got older, it become less about “getting the new badge” and more about understanding “a certain part of life,” such as working together with other people, taking responsibility and reaching out to adults.

Fine has partnered with American Legion Post 1092 to properly dispose of flags through its periodic ceremonies. He started planning the project in the summer and there are now boxes in several locations, including Niskayuna Town Hall, Rotterdam Square Mall, Wilton Mall and another, hopefully, coming at the Colonie Town Library.

Town Supervisor Joe Landry thanked Fine and American Legion members for properly disposing of flags.

“We are very proud of the work Eagle Scout candidate Brandon Fine has done to spread the message of patriotism, and to honor the flag of our nation,” Landry said in a statement. “We are privileged to designate Town Hall as a flag retirement center, and we encourage residents to properly dispose of American flags by putting them in the receptacle provided in the foyer at Town Hall.”

Due to solicitation policies, Fine said he had some trouble getting the boxes placed at some area businesses.

“I got turned back a couple of times,” Fine said. “Over said the past few months I learned a lot about having to persevere, and it is not always going to be as easy as you think.”

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